Kuriya no Kokoroe 厨の心得 [Knowledge of the Kitchen]
Ishikawaken Daiimeiko Shiken Gakko 石川県第一女子師範学校 [Ishikawa Prefectural First Women's Normal School], compiler
Meiji 13  明治13年
Single volume 22.3 x 15 cm in yellow wrappers with original brushed title slip. Published in Meiji 13 . 57pp. Striking original double-page color woodblock print frontispiece and Japanese text throughout. Compiled by Ishikawaken Daiimeiko Shiken Gakko 石川県第一女子師範学校 [Ishikawa Prefectural First Women's Normal School].
The lovely double-page woodcut with bright yellow, purple, red and green illustrates five Japanese beauties preparing traditional foods. Kuriya no Kokoroe 厨の心得 [Knowledge of the Kitchen] is a cooking manual that starts with how to cook rice 飯, and continues with dishes such as miso 味噌, soy sauce醤油, pickles 漬物, egg dishes 卵料理, natto 納豆, vegetables 野菜 and fruit 果物. The inside front wrapper has a publisher ad with a purposely made round cut-out in the center that reveals a woodcut flower on the paper underneath. Preliminary text is followed by a Table of Contents. Colophon is on the final sheet, which is pasted down onto the inside rear wrapper.
Our copy compares with Shin Nihon Kotenseki Sōgō Database 新日本古典籍総合データベースonline copy, although our copy has the circular cut out as well as a red hanko on the title page and on page 1.
Small chip in bottom of title slip not affecting text; otherwise very fine condition.